Meet and Greet with Mack Haltom
The new executive director of Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless
Name: Mack Haltom
Known as: the new executive director of Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless, where he has worked for 20 years, first as a case manager and later as associate director. Haltom replaced Sandra Lewis in December when she retired.
On the Day Center’s transition from “day shelter” and “night shelter” to “housing transition shelter”: We average 280-300 people coming into our day shelter on a daily basis. We average 115 people in our night shelter. We are becoming a “housing-focused shelter,” which means we engage our clients to work on getting housed as soon as possible. We have government and private funding called Rapid Rehousing that focuses on assisting people to overcome re-housing barriers. We assist with state IDs, birth certificates, bus tokens for work, employment interviews and medical appointments. Our free clinic triages anywhere from 30 to 40 clients daily for primary health care, and we averted over 350 EMSA calls. We also have a clothing room available to anyone who walks through our doors.
On its 2019 capital campaign: We will start remodeling the Day Center this summer for better function with several needed upgrades. Additional space will be added for administrative purposes. We will still be open during the phases of construction. I’ve already begun looking at new programs to better assist our clientele.